Dealing with the Unexpected

I haven’t had the chance to write any cycling articles for some time due to a series of unexpected events that kept me from cycling. Yesterday, I finally got out on a ride and ended up breaking my elbow. I figured I’d write about this whole sequence of events as a meditation on dealing withContinue reading “Dealing with the Unexpected”

Pushing my Limit: 100 Miles

South Denver 100: Ralston Creek Trail, US-6 Trail, C470 Trail, Cherry Creek Trail, and South Platte Trail This route offers quite a bit of climbing for a 100-mile course. Much of the climbing is on the western half of the circuit. I chose to frontload most of the climbing by going counter-clockwise. The Ralston CreekContinue reading “Pushing my Limit: 100 Miles”

Cold Cruise at Grand Canyon

As with most of the rides I had planned for my recent vacation, my ride at the Grand Canyon didn’t go exactly as I expected. I was only spending one night at Grand Canyon National Park, and I was either going to ride in the evening when I got there or in the morning. InContinue reading “Cold Cruise at Grand Canyon”

Gutting it Out on Lake Mary Road

I arrived in Flagstaff, Arizona, the day before my ride on Lake Mary Road and checked the weather forecast to see how conditions would be for the ride. The temperature was predicted to be nice, but there was a high wind warning. I was leery right away. In recent months, I had set out toContinue reading “Gutting it Out on Lake Mary Road”

Meeting Challenge in Moab

When I first arrived in Moab, coming down out of the dramatic red canyons past the entrance to Arches National Park, I was greeted by a mess of traffic. When I got into town, I could see that the main road through town was totally congested due to construction. This was a double blow toContinue reading “Meeting Challenge in Moab”

Dissatisfaction

My recent vacation was great, and it was fun to get to ride around some amazing places, but since I returned I have been dealing with a sense of dissatisfaction. Going on the vacation presented a lot of tradeoffs for me. I was happy with how I prepared for my vacation by spending the fewContinue reading “Dissatisfaction”

Exploring a New Route

On a chilly March morning, I pointed my bike West and set out from my house to explore a route that I drew out between Golden and Bear Creek Lake Park in Denver. I had a loop planned out to connect the Ralston Creek Trail and the Bear Creek Trail, but there was a bigContinue reading “Exploring a New Route”

Forgiveness

I grew up with daily emotional abuse. I am at a point in my life where I have empathy for my parents. I don’t bring up emotional abuse at this point to hold it over their heads. I mention it in case hearing that validates someone else’s experience, and it’s relevant for me to theContinue reading “Forgiveness”

Finding Flexibility

Today, I am recovering from a massage. I find myself meditating on flexibility as my ambitions to grow as a rider comes into conflict with the information I’m getting from my body. I want to push myself to climb higher, ride farther, and endure more on my bike. I honestly feel guilty if I goContinue reading “Finding Flexibility”

Gratitude

One of the first practices my therapist gave me to manage my anxiety was called “3-2-1.” It’s a daily practice that involves articulating 3 things you’re grateful for, 2 affirmations, and 1 productive thing to do for the day. I’ve been maintaining this practice pretty consistently for almost 2 years now. I have found theContinue reading “Gratitude”